AWD vs 4WD - What's The Difference?

A look into the powertrain differences between an AWD and 4WD vehicle.

1y ago

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What's the difference between AWD and 4WD? I was handed the keys to the brand new BMW M5, which can actually switch between 4WD and 2WD! Nothing all that impressive for any truck drivers out there, but fairly rare in the car world. Generally speaking, 4WD is selectable, and AWD is always active. The video brakes down the unique differences, how they're similar, as well as the advantages of each setup. What do you prefer? AWD or 4WD?

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  • The only thing that comes to mind..Quattro!! Love it especially the older 60:40 set ups. Plus wins tugs of war with just about anything and can pull a articulated lorry out the snow.. I do like the idea of being able to switch over to RWD etc though

      1 year ago
  • That was an excellent explanation; Two questions to expose my ignorance; Since 2wd gets better gas mileage and Front wheel drive is safer (but less fun for sport application) why don’t we see more small trucks with front wheel/ 4wd application? Most small trucks are used mostly on paved roads as are small SUV’s and second, since BMW has cracked the “Binding issue” mechanically, is it superior to electronic solutions with power being diverted to each wheel and controlled entirely by computer signaling to 4 separate electronic motors used in hybrid vehicles?

      1 year ago
  • What a load of claptrap, please don’t inflict your opinion as fact, on that basis your saying a Range River isn’t 4WD, neither was my Forester nor my old XR4x4, no-one suggested they were anything but 4WD, if any thing AWD is more used to describe those systems were the extra axle is engaged automatically like say a Skyline GTR, Audi S3, etc.

      1 year ago
  • Nice video

      1 year ago
  • Im not sure I have a preference, I do see that, a couple of my family members had AWD mini vans, always had troubles with them! I can see senerio's that both in their own way can be useful, I live in a snowy place! Where both can be taken advantage of!! (But FWD can be fun too in the snow)😁 good article!

      1 year ago
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